Photos: Google's Nexus 7 tablet serves up Jelly Bean

Photos: Google's Nexus 7 tablet serves up Jelly Bean

Summary: The Nexus 7 is the first tablet that Google will sell directly to the public, starting at £159 for the quad-core device running the next version of Android, Jelly Bean


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  • Nexus 7 tablet front

    Google took the wraps off its Nexus 7 Android tablet on Wednesday, following months of speculation.

    The quad-core seven-incher is mainly notable for three reasons: it is the first tablet to be sold directly by the company, it will be the first device to ship with Android 'Jelly Bean' 4.1, and it will also be very cheap for its high specifications, with a starting price of £159.

    People in the UK can pre-order it now from Google Play, and it will start shipping in mid-July. The £159 version will come with 8GB of storage, while a £199 version will come with 16GB.

    Image credit: Jessica Dolcourt/CNET News

  • Nexus 7 back

    The Nexus range, which has been all about smartphones until now, always ships with the latest version of Android in vanilla form, without manufacturer customisations.

    Nexus devices are also the first to get updates to Android. As can be seen in this shot, the Nexus 7 is made by Asus. The hardware maker built the tablet from scratch in four months, Asus chairman Jonny Shih told All Things D, saying the project was "torture" for its engineers.

    However, the specifications and price of the device are almost identical to those of the ME370T, which Asus unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January but never got round to releasing.

    Image credit: Jessica Dolcourt/CNET News

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Smartphones

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  • I'd like a 7" tablet with 3G conenctivity that I can also use as a phone.
    I'd /really/ like one with the bluetooth headset docked on one edge for recharging!
    Oh, and 1280x800 is a bit poor for 2012, surely?

    Guess that means I'm passing up this one, it is rather underwhelming.
    • Horses for Courses and Freedom of Market Choice.

      Yeah, RIGHT !
      Dream on, and go look elsewhere.
      But littering this column with innapproriate comments helps no-one.
      The specifications and retail price tag of this device perfectly fits Google's intended market and, frankly, I'm surprised that you haven't had sufficient heads-up savvy to form a more balanced opinion than that muted above.
  • It ain't no surface
  • Surface kills this
    • I don't think that..

      The surface is now competition.
  • Just another iPad

    Looking at this device I see yet another "me too" device.

    I have always held off from buying an iPad because I carry my notebook with me wherever I go and between that and my smartphone I can do everything I need.

    Since seeing the unveiling of the MS Surface, I have (for the first time) started seeing a real value in having a tablet for myself.

    Sadly, there is nothing on the tablet market that currently matches the need that the Surface has exposed within me.

    Now I wait...